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“Jesus is coming soon!” the sign boldly proclaimed. That’s actually been the cry of Christians for over 2,000 years now. You really can’t blame folks for thinking sometimes that we Christians don’t really understand what the word “soon” actually means. Christians have always lived with a sense of Jesus immanent return. It’s like we were meant to. From the earliest days of the church (after Easter) the disciples wondered aloud, “Will you now restore the Kingdom?” Jesus’ answer then is the same as today, “It’s not for you to know the times or dates set by the Father … you just get on with being my witnesses” (Acts 1:6-8).

Christian scholars have historically made sense of this conundrum of the Kingdom using the lens, “already, but not yet”. It means that the Kingdom of heaven is indeed here on earth, and has been since the time of Jesus, but that it is not yet present in its fullness. Not all of the earth and creation has been restored to the Father yet. That work is on-going. The future fullness of the Kingdom looks forward to that day, when all things have been brought to the feet of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:24).  

In this year’s theme, “Restore: On earth as in heaven”, we have been looking at the present reality of the kingdom by calling our attention to the things Jesus said about the kingdom here and now. In this final month of preaching on this series, we want to bring into focus the tension between the present state of the kingdom and that glorious future state which we are still waiting for. But our hope is that, when all is said and done, none of us will still be waiting for a kingdom to come as much as we are working on behalf of a kingdom that is already here.

 

Sunday, June 3rd                                  What Time Is It Now? :  Matthew 24:1-8                              Kevin Armstrong

Sunday, June 10th                                What’s in Focus? : Matthew 24:14                                         Jim Chen

Sunday, June 17th                                The Parable of the Virgins: Matthew 25:1-13                    Kevin Armstrong

Sunday, June 24th                                The Parable of the Talents : Matthew 25: 14-30              Jeff Knight

 

June 3, 2018

What time is it now?

June 10, 2018

What's in focus?


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Restore - The Presence and Power of the Kingdom 


As we were waiting out this most recent ice-storm many of us probably thought about what to do if the power went out. Perhaps you’ve experienced that in the past. Many of us lost our hydro in the ice storm at Christmas time three years ago, and we were probably anticipating that again this time. So out came the flashlights, the spare batteries and the candles. We were ready to settle in and wait for the power to be restored, because almost all of our lights, appliances, furnaces and amenities, are pretty useless without power!

The kingdom of heaven is more than an intellectual exercise. It’s more than a body of beliefs, values and behaviours. It’s powerful. And it needs to be – because it’s up against the kingdom of this world, which has been entrenched for thousands of years. It has blinded the mind and hearts of humanity since the beginning, warping human civilization and reinforcing darkness generation after generation. It holds people captive, enslaved to poverty, anxiety, fear, suffering, sorrow and grief. And darkness is nasty – it doesn’t give up its ground without a fight.

The good news is that, however unassailable a fortress the dominion of darkness has made in the past, it is not able to withstand the advance of the kingdom of heaven. The gates of hell cannot prevail against the kingdom of light (Matthew 16:18). Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and in earth, and He has conferred that authority upon his disciples in their mission to advance the kingdom of heaven on earth in His Name. And with that authority comes the power of the Holy Spirit to displace the strongholds of darkness, wherever the kingdom comes.


May 6, 2018

Jesus, the Stronest Man

The religious leaders accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the devil, but Jesus pointed out that a divided kingdom cannot stand. So if he wasn’t  setting people free by the powers of darkness – whose power was he using? Jesus said that His authority was proof that the kingdom of heaven had come to earth.

May 20, 2018

Pentecost & The Church

What began with the Apostle Peter continues to today. The church is the

community of faith formed by those who profess the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

And this group is entrusted with the authority of heaven to proclaim and

advance the kingdom on earth.

 

May 13, 2018

The Double Work of the Kingdom

Jesus sent out his disciples with both the authority and the ability to do some amazing things for people. As they went about healing, restoring, raising and freeing, they shared with people the source and implications of all these good works – Jesus, and the restoring presence of the kingdom of heaven on earth.

May 27, 2018

Don't Diss Yo Mama

Jesus says that anyone who is not with him is against him and that every sin and slur made by humans is forgivable, except the slander of the Holy Spirit. These are some of the most disturbing words in Scripture, and that ought to get our attention! Why would Jesus give such a warning and what are we meant to learn from it? Could we be taking the ministry of the Holy Spirit too lightly ourselves?


Ministry Theme 2017-18


Restore: Here as in Heaven

This year at Forest Brook we’re going to take a prolonged look at this Kingdom Jesus talked about. Using the gospel of Matthew as our primary guide we want to let Jesus speak for Himself about the Kingdom He brought, and we will endeavour to listen. 


We desire three outcomes as a result of our study:

The first is that we hope for everyone at Forest Brook to come to understand just what the Kingdom of God is. It’s so much more than a doctrine of the church or some future reality that we are still waiting for. In fact, we believe that if you and I really understood what this Kingdom was, it would be like finding a treasure in a field and then running out to sell everything you have to raise enough money to buy that field (Matthew 13:44). It’s worth that much!

The second outcome we desire is to see everyone at Forest Brook come to the place where they identify themselves with this Kingdom. To see themselves as part of it. But don’t think that will be easy. For that to happen you have to be reborn (John 3:3). And living in this Kingdom is very different from living in this world. The ethics are different. The values are different and extremely challenging. Living in a restored state means being willing to change a lot of things about ourselves in order to come in line with the citizenship of heaven. And living in this Kingdom will be the most important thing in our life – eclipsing everything else. It will become the thing we want most of all out of life (Matthew 6:33). 

Thirdly, we believe that, if we see success in #1 and #2, it will change the way every Forest Brooker relates to the world around us. You can’t be part of this Kingdom of God and look at the world the same way ever again. You realize that there really is a difference between light and darkness. You’ll understand the incredible emancipation from slavery that this Kingdom offers. And you’ll yearn to see every person, every institution, and even the earth itself, healed and restored by this Kingdom, just as you have been. You’ll realize that every place you’re blessed to put your foot is a place where you are meant to proclaim this Kingdom to anybody who will listen (Ephesians 6:15). Every act of service you undertake, every effort to make the world a better place or to touch the life of another, will be married to this message – the Kingdom is here (Matthew 10:7-8). 

Lofty goals, perhaps. But these are the goals of the Kingdom of heaven. It is the reality of God’s restoring grace and power, working in and through you and me to change the world. It’s a worthy cause, won’t you agree? Let’s begin …